It’s no secret that magazines have to constantly stay ahead of the game if they want to compete with new media and social media outlets that get more popular by the day. In fact, two well-known and highly esteemed print magazines completely revamped and made their new debut over the past month: Teen Vogue and InStyle.

[source: The Fashion Spot]

Teen Vogue, Vogue’s sister magazine founded in 2004, which targets younger tastemakers, began as a monthly book (with the exception of the December/January issue and the June/July issue). As of 2017, Teen Vogue is a quarterly publication, releasing Roman numeral-marked volumes instead of issues.

For its first issue as a quarterly, Teen Vogue focused on all things love and photographed Bella Hadid for the cover (alongside her longtime BFF Jesse Jo Stark, an up-and-coming musician). In addition to a casual, albeit gorgeous, softly lit spread on 20-year-old Hadid, Volume I of Teen Vogue included a couple thoughtful pieces on sex and hook-ups, as well as several self-love and wellness stories.

“Last November, [the magazine] announced it would be cutting back from nine issues a year to four, as well as increase its format to a larger sized book,” according to The Fashion Spot.

Despite all the anticipation that was built surrounding that magazine’s relaunch during its 3-month hiatus, several readers disapprove of Teen Vogue’s new identity.

“I thought now that they only release four issues per year, they would’ve made it more like a ‘proper and collectable’ like Lula or Violet,” stated Rigida, one of The Fashion Spot’s forum members.

Others, however, felt Teen Vogue did a great job both attracting its target readers and setting itself apart from aloof and elitist Vogue.

“Surprisingly, I like this cover because it is fresh, and [it is] very targeted at teenagers. [I] don’t understand the idea of calling it  ‘Volume I,’ though,” stated a forum member called GivenchyAddict.

“I feel the Teen Vogue team had educating its young readers in mind, and [wanted to] propose something truly fitted for them [that is] more than [just] the young version of Vogue.”

No matter your opinion on the revamp, you have to admit that what Teen Vogue created is a teen magazine unlike any other on the market. It is artistic, intelligent and informative, as opposed to its competitors that promote pop culture and fast fashion–print’s version of so-called “clickbait.” Similarly, the new Teen Vogue, with its quarterly print releases, encourages readers to be tech-savvy in between issues through its website and through engagement with its social media platforms.

Left to right: Kaia Gerber, Hailey Baldwin, Editor Elaine Welteroth and Madison Beer at Teen Vogue’s relaunch party [source: teenvogue.com]

To celebrate its relaunch Teen Vogue hosted a starlet-studded party. Hailey Baldwin, Kaia Gerber and Adwoa Aboah were among the most notable invitees. Singer Madison Beer posed for a picture with editor Elaine Welteroth under silver heart-shaped balloons, while other guested dined on fried chicken and an assortment of pizza, at Kola House in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District, according to Teen Vogue’s Ariana Marsh.

In traditional Teen Vogue fashion, the issue also included plenty of art and culture in addition to beauty and style. And, yes, Hadid dishes on her first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and her recent breakup with musician Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd.

[source: Business of Fashion]

Founded 10 years earlier in 1994, InStyle remains a monthly magazine. However, last year it announced former Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown would take over Ariel Foxman’s position as Editor-in-Chief. December 2016 marked Brown’s first issue.

InStyle completely redesigned its magazine for the March 2017 issue, which features model, actress and activist Emily Ratajkowski on the cover. The 25-year-old brunette bombshell wears a simple white t-shirt that reads “IN” on the front and “STYLE” on the back, along with high-rise blue jeans. But, let’s face it: Em Rata would look front cover-worthy in anything.

The nearly 400-page issue, also known as the spring fashion issue, features supermodels Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista and Karlie Kloss, as well as a written piece by Leandra Medine, the mastermind behind the hugely successful Man Repeller blog, on originality–a topic close to InStyle’s heart.

“I don’t want a magazine to alienate people or preach to people. I want it to be cool and interesting and fashionable and funny and engaging and clever,” Brown told Business of Fashion.

InStyle also partnered with several big-name brands for the first time in their March issue. New advertisers include CÉLINE, Bottega Veneta and HBO, according to Business of Fashion.

Imagery, according to Brown, are an important aspect of keeping her magazine in business. Readers, especially those who have become used to digital stories and editorials, want content they cannot access through their smartphones or tablets.

To keep readers engaged InStyle redesigned its website to better suit its fresh new print magazine. A remodeled site launched in tandem with the March issue, according to Business of Fashion.

“In print, we have to provide something beautiful and interesting to make it worth it. Otherwise you can just look on your iPhone,” said Brown.

“I see the print and the digital as two halves of the pie. Every story lives beyond the page.”

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Taking a cue from fellow blogger Mary Bordelon, I did some exploring on Polyvore to help me get out of a style rut. Dressing for spring has never been my favorite–at the risk of sounding completely basic, I totally prefer fall and winter style despite freezing temperatures.

That being said, it is still pretty cold in the Northeast, so most days this time of year I choose to sleep in rather than take an extra half our or so to put myself together. I’ve been ending up in leggings, a t-shirt and a blanket scarf way too much lately for my liking. This is what we fashion bloggers call a style rut.

Thankfully, Polyvore is a fun and inexpensive (read: FREE!) way to experiment with different fashion and beauty looks when it’s too cold to do anything else and you need a break from studying. In an attempt to get myself excited for spring style, I put together 17 (I know, I’m extra) Polyvore sets centered around both new trends and my all-time favorite pieces.

New trends include neutral lips paired with bold eye makeup, off the shoulder tops and dresses, statement sleeves and underwear as outerwear. Old favorites include vintage denim, cateye sunglasses, slip dresses and chemises, plain t-shirts, chunky knitwear, leather booties and moto jackets.

I also added sexy lace and fishnet stockings, as well as some silver and gold hardware (mostly in the form of jewelry) and feminine scarves to accent almost all my looks this season. While I tend to wear more white, beige and pale gray than I do black and other dark tones, I also love to pair black with beiges and tans no matter the time of year. Similarly, I tend to mix girly (slip dresses, bedroom hair, cheetah print, lace) with grunge (moto jackets, band tees, boyfriend jeans, statement jewelry), and this season is no exception.

One major piece I cannot wait to get my hands on this season is a denim jumpsuit–I definitely have my eyes on this number from Second Skin Overalls. And, I am hoping to add a champagne-colored slip dress to my collection sometime soon, too!

Lastly, I made sure to include several transition pieces, including scarves, stockings, sweaters and outerwear, because weather where I live tends to be pretty unpredictable.

Let me know in the comments what trends you cannot wait to rock this spring, as well as your go-to’s for getting out of style ruts. Xoxo

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During the final days of Milan Fashion Week, famed Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana made headlines after debuting an unorthodox 130-look collection that seemed to target a young teenage audience.

Two days prior to the show, on February 24, Dolce & Gabbana released via Twitter (@dolcegabbana) a complete list of all those who would walk the cheetah print runway in Milan on the 26th. Among those mentioned were several non-models, including blogger Aimee Song, singers Stormi Bree and Madison Beer, as well as the children of some high-profile celebrities.

Destry Allyn Spielberg (daughter of Steven Speilberg), Renee Stewart (daugther of Rachel Hunter and Rod Stewart), Rafferty Law (son of Jude), Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie) and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis (son of Daniel), all walked the D&G runway, according to W Magazine, as did Sailor Brinkley-Cook (daughter of Christie Brinkley) and Sofia Richie (daughter of Lionel).

[source: Vogue.com]

Other notable walkers according to W included Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana, and Jennifer Tilly, the 58-year-old Academy Award-nominated actress best known as “The Bride of Chucky.”

Social media influencers such as Vine star Lele Pons and YouTubers Juanpa Zurita and Marcus Butler also took to the D&G runway.

Among legitimate models who walked were French beauty Thylane Blondeau, runway regular Lucky Blue Smith and Vogue cover star Vittoria Ceretti, while “teen idol Austin Mahone provided the soundtrack,” according to Vogue.

[source: Vogue.com]

When questioned about the unconventional lineup, which featured men and women of all shapes, sizes and ethnic backgrounds, co-founder Stefano Gabbana cited the brand’s first show, in which friends of the designers walked the runway because D&G could not yet afford models, according to The Telegraph.

“The character of people is the important thing to us,” Gabbana told Vogue.

“We’ve had an attraction to this from the very beginning—our first show in the mid-1980s was on real people. The message is: You need to accept yourself as you are. That’s it!”

[source: Vogue.com]

Despite this seemingly thoughtful and good-spirited sentiment, many high fashion fans took to social media to criticize the brand’s choices.

Twitter user @miuyorker writes, “Does D&G not know that 11-13 year olds won’t be purchasing? I’m just confused,” while @onlythemodels captions a series of three images, “HOW has Dolce & Gabbana become this… I want to cry… This is so tragic.”

Both tweets suggest the 32-year-old Italian fashion house traded its innovation, craftsmanship and ultimately its art in order to appeal to a younger fan base. While many brands–both high-end and low-end–have done this, it seems strange in the case of the former because, as @miuyorker states, teens and pre-teens cannot typically afford these clothes.

So, has Dolce & Gabbana traded sales and esteem for likes on Instagram and views on Snapchat? The t-shirt featuring Justin Bieber’s screen-printed face that reads “King” begs a yes.

[source: Vogue.com]

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On the surface Jourdan Dunn is the total package: she’s leggy, athletic and has a killer complexion. But, even supermodels have their insecurities. In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, the 26-year-old spoke out against body shaming, according to Daily Mail.

Jourdan Dun for Glamour UK, 2017 [source: the Fashion Spot]

After a successful 11-year modeling career, the English beauty is trying her hand in the design aspect of fashion; her collection in collaboration with online retailer Missguided, dubbed LonDunn x Missguided, goes live in March.

“When asked about how the range reaches ‘real women’ [Dunn] was quick to point out that she herself, is a ‘real woman’ as she responded with an incensed answer,” according to Daily Mail.

“I don’t really like the term ‘real women,'” says Dunn.

“When you compare ‘real women’ to models, it’s like they are not real, and it’s like, what do you mean? I live on earth. I have breasts. I have a vagina. I am very much real.”

Jourdan Dun for Glamour UK, 2017 [source: the Fashion Spot]

The interviewers question regarding “real women” suggests that a supermodel like Dunn, with seemingly superhuman beauty, poise and talent must be fake; Dunn made it clear that is not the case.

“Just because [supermodels] don’t have any body fat and have faces rockstars write love songs about” certainly doesn’t mean they are not real women, according to Maria Pasquini, a writer for Galore.

Dunn just so happens to possess a handful of desirable features; she is 6-feet tall with chiseled cheekbones and a striking jawline. To say that Dunn, or any supermodel for that matter, is not a “real woman” because of her appearance only furthers the body shaming these critics condemn.

Body shaming, as defined by Google, is “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.”

So, when the so-called feminists who preach “real women have curves; dogs like bones” attack a supermodel for being “too thin,” or discredit her accomplishments and hard work by suggesting she had cosmetic surgery or uses other unnatural methods to enhance her appearance, they are body shaming.

Before her discovery in 2006, Dunn admits to being extremely self-conscious about her tall, slim figure, which proves all types of women–not just overweight or curvy women–fall victim to insecurities and body shaming.

“I was self-conscious of being so lanky, of being me,” Dunn said in an interview with Islandistas.

“I’d keep my head down, make excuses not to go out. I’d look in the mirror and hate myself. I thought I was disgusting. I cried constantly from 11 to 16.”

Jourdan Dunn walks the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2014 [source: Huffington Post UK]

At the age of 15 Dunn was scouted by an agent from Storm Model Management, with whom she is still signed today, while shopping with a friend at a London Primark. The following autumn, Dunn made her runway debut walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Polo Ralph Lauren during New York Fashion Week.

Since then, Dunn has been featured on the covers of Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia and W Magazine, among others. She appears in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Free People and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In the spring of 2010 she walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier with a noticeable baby bump. Dunn also walked the runway later that year during London Fashion Week ten weeks after giving birth to her son at age 19, according to British Vogue.

Whether she won the genetic lottery or worked hard to be where she is today (I’m willing to bet it is a combination of the two), Dunn is certainly human–and all her fellow models, too. Embracing our differences and celebrating one another’s beauty is what feminism should really be about.

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It’s been two years since Italian-born Alessandro Michele began as creative director of Gucci, and in this short amount of time the 44-year-old designer took the famed fashion house in a new, much more modern direction.

[source: Elle]

On Wednesday, February 22, Michele debuted a unified men’s and women’s Fall/Winter collection during Milan Fashion Week, according to Elle. The 120-piece collection–known as The Alchemist’s Garden: An Anti-Modern Laboratory–featured a “madcap mashup of styles shown on models who wound their way through a glass tunnel set next to a pyramid with a weathervane on top.”

Emphasis clearly was on the future from the get-go; even the invitations read “What Are We Going To Do With All This Future?”

[source: Elle]

Michele gave traditional Gucci a futuristic, over-the-top twist.  “A hodgepodge of looks inspired by various decades as filtered through the Gucci lens,” including a sparkling full-length bodysuit paired with a relaxed t-shirt and cut-off shorts, an ornate white gown covered in floral appliqués and an all-black outfit complete with a mysterious eye-covering hat fit for a femme fatale, according to Elle.

The collection was “a magpie’s delight, and truly [included] something for everyone.”

Of course, none of Michele’s collections are complete without a layers of accessories and embellishments; he is, after all, a former leather goods design director for the label, according to Business of Fashion.

“Models rocked mullets, carried chinoiserie umbrellas [and] donned multiple fanny packs,” according to Elle. A few even carried luggage down the runway.

[source: Vogue]

Amid septum jewelry and a sea of bold patterns were plenty of cardigans, tea-length skirts and high-rise socks that looked as if they belong to an impossibly chic 22nd century granny. Outfits were accented with a plethora of pearls, oversized collars and librarian-inspired eyeglasses.

[source: Vogue]

Another notable accessory on Michele’s most recent runway was the oversized belt. Leather belts adorned with metal details contrasted the feminine floral prints and tartan plaids they accessorized, while 80s-style shoulder pads and hairdos seemed fashionably out of place on oriental patterns. Headwear was also big; most models wore larger than life hats, thick headbands or hair-hiding head scarves as they made their way down the catwalk.

[source: Vogue]

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